Junior Leaders Course

The Junior Leaders Online course is designed to assist young leaders navigate their way through the challenges of doing ministry well and safely.
There is no charge for this course.

A Junior Leader is a person 13-17 years of age, who has been appointed to a leadership role in children’s or youth ministry in a parish.
See this article for more details.

The online Junior Leaders course is structured to address the need to effectively care for the young leaders in training, and meet obligations as noted in the recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

As such, it is a vital aspect of this course that the local church is actively involved in the process, and the primary responsibility for pastoral support of young people undertaking the course is with their local church.

NOTE: as of July 2020, once your church is set up in our system, you do not have to submit further declarations. 
If you are a Training Mentor, please download this document for details of how you can administer your own Junior Leaders once your church is set up.

There are a total of 13 Topics in the course, covering areas such as: Safe Ministry principles, appropriate leadership, power in ministry, boundaries in ministry, leader selection, understanding abuse,  reporting abuse and others.

Download this document for more information on the contents of the course.
The time taken to complete the self-paced part of the course will vary with individuals, but is likely to be 2-3 hours.

Note: there is no webinar in the Junior Leaders course.

The Junior Leaders Online course is designed for 13-17 year olds who are helpers in their ministry context, are not in a paid or supervisory position and are supervised at all times by an experienced leader. The course has been independently reviewed by a psychologist who works with teens, to ensure it is sensitive to the needs of this particular age group.

It is expected that most 17 year olds will opt to do the Safe Ministry Essentials course in place of the Junior Leaders course, given that they will need to complete this course when they turn 18 years old. Any person under 18 years seeking to do Safe Ministry Essentials, should only do so with parental knowledge and suitable pastoral support available. For more information regarding best practice with Junior Leaders, see our FAQ/Knowledgebase page.

Given the nature of some of the topics covered in the course, we do not recommend that helpers under the age of 13 years complete the Junior Leaders course.

How Does It Work?

Training Mentor

The church needs to arrange a suitable person to act as a Training Mentor to the Junior Leader(s). They must have a current WWCC clearance and Safe Ministry Training, and must have an account on this website. The Training Mentor is required to pastorally care for the Junior Leader(s) if they need to talk about any issues raised in the training, and meet with the Junior Leader(s) near the completion of their course, to discuss the topics covered and to consolidate their learning. If more than one Junior Leader is completing training this meeting could be with a small group. For more information about this role, please refer to our Training Mentor Role Description. This appointment is entirely an internal parish arrangement and made by the Senior Minister.

Church Responsibilities

Someone in your church will need to take responsibility for coordinating the Junior Leader course pre-enrolment process each time a junior leader enrols in the course. This involves:

The online declaration below must be completed to confirm that the church understands the pre-requisites that must be met each time a junior leader wishes to enrol in training. This declaration form only needs to be completed once.
The person coordinating the pre-enrolment process should be at least 21 years of age and can be the same individual as the Training Mentor. It could also be a leader who directly supervises the Junior Leader(s) in their ministry role.
Note: All documents obtained in this process should be stored as part of the parish Safe Ministry Records, either as paper or scanned documents. If the church prefers, they can create an online version of these forms for use with their Church Management System (eg: Elvanto)

Safe Ministry Training Account

The Training Mentor and each Junior Leader must create their own Safe Ministry Training Account on the Safe Ministry Training website – unless they already have one. To create an account they should go to https://safeministry.training/create-account
Note: each account must have a unique email address that can be accessed during the course.

Summary of steps for the church:

The following steps must occur each time Junior Leaders undertake the training:

The following step must occur once to enable a church account to be created for the Junior Leader course:

Once the declaration form has been submitted, a member of the Safe Ministry Team will  then set up the parish in the training system.
This will enable the Training Mentor to manage their Junior Leader’s enrolment and track their course progress (see Enrolling Junior Leaders below).

Further Information

When the declaration form has been submitted and checked by a member of the Safe Ministry team, the Training Mentor will be given instructions on how to enrol their Junior Leaders in the course via their Group Leaders account.
All Junior Leaders must have a Safe Ministry account to be enrolled in a course and will automatically be notified by email when they can commence their training.

The Training Mentor will be kept up to date (via email) with each Leader’s progress in the course. They can also view progress for each person in their training group via their Group Leaders account.
At the conclusion of the self-paced topics, Junior Leaders must meet with the Training Mentor to ensure they understand key aspects of the training, and have an opportunity to raise questions. Material will be emailed to Training Mentors to help facilitate this discussion time.


As part of meeting with their Training Mentor Junior Leaders will receive a code to access the last Topic in the course and release their Safe Ministry Training certificate.
A copy of their certificate (or the certificate code) should be passed onto the parish Safe Ministry Representative as soon as possible.
That certificate will be valid for three years or until the Junior Leader turns 18 (at which time they need to undertake the Essentials course.)

Church Declaration Form - Junior Leaders Course

NOTE: as of July 2020, once your church is set up in our system, you do not have to submit further declarations. 
If you are a Training Mentor, please download this document for details of how you can administer your own Junior Leaders once your church is set up.